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The Harris Poll and The Milken Institute produce an annual report to evaluate some of the greatest challenges facing people globally.

The Listening Project

Now in its third year, the Milken Institute-Harris Poll Listening Project has been tracking the most urgent challenges people are facing globally. Among the twenty thousand global citizens we surveyed in 2021, we found that citizens mistrust many of the institutions in their countries yet respect business more strongly and expect them to fill the void of leadership in solving social challenges. They believe that business can bring new innovations, technologies, and partnerships to accelerate a recovery that is both expansive and more equitable.

This year, we delve deeper into the role of business in accelerating social progress by conducting a peer-to-peer survey of the Milken Institute Global Conference participants comprised of Fortune 500 executives, founders, investors, innovators, experts, and more. Our express purpose was to identify where our leaders, thinkers, and changemakers believe the world is headed, and how these leaders are responding to global challenges.

Leveraging robust learnings from two years of global research from the Milken Institute-Harris Poll’s Listening Project and new insights from the thought leaders of the Global Conference audience, this year’s report highlights business outlook and approaches to today’s most pressing needs such as geopolitical events, DEI, ESG, hybrid work, generational values, values and corporate culture.

The Milken Institute and The Harris Poll will announce results from the 2022 “The Listening Project” report during the opening plenary for the 25th Milken Institute Global Conference at 11:00 am ET on Monday, May 2. To watch Monday’s session, please click here. Follow along on social media with #MIGlobal.

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The Milken Institute Harris Poll 2022 Listening Project examines priority issues of global citizenry while identifying the characteristics of business leaders we need to both drive growth and foster a more just world.

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The Listening Project Insights

Methodology & Sources

COVID Tracker

The Harris Poll has conducted a weekly survey since March 14, 2020, among approximately 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and older per week for a total of 115 weeks and counting, totalling over 230,000 respondents. Each survey tracks a core set of questions measuring public opinion on the COVID-19 pandemic as well as other ad-hoc questions on other aspects of American society.

JUST Capital-Harris Poll, May 7-11, 2020

This survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll in partnership with JUST Capital from May 7-11, 2020 among 1,005 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

JUST Capital-Harris Poll, June 25-29, 2020

This survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll in partnership with JUST Capital from June 25-29, 2020 among 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

HUE-Harris Poll December 2021

This survey of the U.S. general population was conducted online within the United States from December 4, 2021, to December 6, 2021, among 2,163 adults ages 18 and over by The Harris Poll on behalf of Hue, an organization focused on diversity and inclusion for marketers. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

Sustainable Brands-Harris Poll, 2020

This survey of the U.S. general population was conducted online within the United States from July 29 to August 10, 2020, among 3,700 adults ages 18 and over by The Harris Poll on behalf of Sustainable Brands. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

2020 Listening Project

In February 2020, The Harris Poll fielded a survey among 10,125 adults in 27 countries. Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Harris Poll re-fielded the survey in September 2020 among another 19,000 respondents in 12 countries with various levels of COVID-19 impact. Additionally, The Harris Poll oversampled six countries especially hard-hit by COVID-19 (as determined by deaths per cases) to dig deeper into these countries. Data in each country was weighted to be nationally representative of the country based on standard demographics for each country. Market research in authoritarian countries syndicates many respondents with a “socially desirable answer”, in which respondents tend to overreport their support for their government. As such, China data in this study should be viewed with a lower level of confidence. Wave 1 was conducted from February 21 to March 11, 2020 among 10,125 adults across 27 countries: France, South Korea, Australia, The United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, The United States, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Russia, Indonesia, Turkey, Mexico, China, India, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Pakistan, Egypt, Nigeria, Philippines, Kenya, Venezuela, Ukraine, Brazil, and Malaysia. Wave 2 was conducted from September 15 to October 2, 2020 among 19,000 adults across 12 countries (Australia, The United Kingdom, The United States, Japan, Mexico, China, India, Italy, Nigeria, Philippines, Brazil, Malaysia) with an oversample in 6 countries: Brazil, India, Italy, Mexico, The United Kingdom, and The United States.

2021 Listening Project

The Harris Poll conducted two surveys online from July 30 to August 11, 2021, among 5,839 adults ages 18 and older and August 25 to September 9, 2021, among 10,214 adults ages 18 and older in the same 27 countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, The United Kingdom, The United States, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela). Country selection was based on accredited and widely accepted global indices from World Bank Economies Groupings (calculated using the World Bank Atlas method) and the Milken Institute Global Opportunity Index. These indices allowed us to choose a group of countries tiered by key economic and social indicators such as levels of economic income, opportunities, and standards of living and balanced across geography, country size, GDP, etc.

Data in each country were weighted to be nationally representative of the country based on standard demographics for each country which include gender, region, race/ethnicity, household income, education, employment, marital status, and size of household where necessary to align them with their actual proportions in the population. Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in our surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population.

Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in the online panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. Market research in authoritarian countries syndicates many respondents with a “socially desirable answer”, in which respondents tend to overreport their support for their government. As such, China data in this study should be viewed with a lower level of confidence.

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